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Ger O’Rourke of Limerick’s Cookson 50 Chieftain slicing her way through the Solent at the start of the 2007 Rolex Fastnet Race, from which she emerged as overall winner
The Cruising Group can often emerge as the backbone of any sailing club, particularly in the winter. Back in the day when the new Howth Yacht Club premises opened in March 1987, fresh concepts were needed to ensure that the…
Tom Dolan sets out on his Round Ireland Speed Challenge  from Dublin Bay on October 29th
Tom Dolan halted his latest Round Ireland speed challenge on October 31st due to worsening weather forecasts off the South and Southwest coast. It was a disappointing decision for him and his team and a great many readers who had…
Tom Dolan's second Round Ireland Speed Record attempt has ended off the County Kerry coast due to a worsening weather forecast
Tom Dolan's second attempt at a Round Ireland speed record has ended off County Kerry, at the end of his second day at sea (Tuesday) because of the imminent arrival of Storm Ciaran off the southwest coast.  Tonight, Dolan is…
On Tuesday morning, Tom Dolan sailed on to windward towards the Clare coast, and is now well southwest of the Aran Islands, making about six knots on a track which, at 0800hrs, was headed towards Kilkee
Tuesday morning 0815 hrs -  As he expected, Tom Dolan, with his Figaro 3 Smurfit-Kappa Kingspan, is finding the challenge of getting past the majestic southwestern seaboard of Kerry and West Cork the most demanding part of his current Round Ireland…
Tom Dolan, with his onboard media man Andrew Smith, filming to leeward, breezed through the North Channel and will be in Northwest May within 24 hours of leaving Dublin Bay in his latest Round Ireland challenge
Monday 4pm - Wind conditions with strong easterlies, "enhanced" by dense air, have been so favourable and powerful for Tom Dolan's anti-clockwise Round Ireland challenge that he has been able to downgrade the significance of favourable tides. Having breezed through…
Tom Dolan waves goodbye as he embarks on his Round Ireland Record Speed Challenge off the Kish lighthouse on Dublin Bay at 4 p.m. on Sunday, October 29th
Monday 0900am - After 17 hours at sea, Tom Dolan is making strong progress off the Donegal Coast on Bank Holiday Monday morning, having departed Dublin Bay just before 4 pm yesterday in a northabout bid to break the solo and double-handed…
Tom Dolan crosses the Round Ireland Speed Sailing Record line between the East Pier Light at Dun Laoghaire Harbour and the Kish Lighthouse (above on Dublin Bay) on his second record attempt this year
Day One (start): Just coming up to 4pm on Sunday, 29th October 2023, Ireland's leading solo sailor, the French-based Tom Dolan, embarked on his latest adventure to round Ireland in under four days and break the 2020 doublehanded record according to the bid…
Tom Dolan's Round Ireland Speed Sailing Challenge. See the live tracker below
Follow Tom Dolan during his Round Ireland Speed record attempt in the live tracker below. The course is approximately 700 miles long.  Check out all Afloat's regular Tom Dolan updates on the record bid right here
On stand-by in Greystones, County Wicklow for his second attempt at a Round Ireland speed record since early October, Tom Dolan will set off this afternoon for the Kish lighthouse startline on Dublin Bay. After some final weather discussions with…
Tom Dolan, is still waiting for the right wind to embark on his second bid at the Round Ireland speed sailing record
 Ireland's leading solo sailor, the French-based Tom Dolan, is still waiting at Greystones Harbour Marina in County Wicklow for the right wind to embark on his second bid at the Round Ireland speed sailing record. Sunday night (October 22) brought the…
Optimal record-breaking conditions for a circuit course like Ireland – Tom Dolan in his Figaro 3 Smurfit-Kappa Kingspan on a full sail reach with enough speed to make the foils earn their keep
As solo star Tom Dolan said when he arrived this week in Greystones to position himself on stand-by for his waiting-game round Ireland record challenge from the Kish Lighthouse, the current increasingly Autumnal weather pattern is much more encouragingly dynamic…
Irish Figaro star Tom Dolan is back in Ireland for a second-speed sailing record attempt
Irish solo sailor Tom Dolan is back in Ireland with his Figaro Beneteau 3 Smurfit Kappa Kingspan, aiming to set a Round Ireland speed sailing record, a bid sparking debate about the status of solo sailing in Irish waters and the…
British yachtswoman Pip Hare (49) was an entrant in the 2020 Vendée Globe round-the-world yacht race
Pip Hare picked up a magazine one day to read about the BOC challenge, which was the forerunner to the Vendéé Globe. “And all of a sudden, there is Isabelle Autissier, absolutely kicking arse and being written about in the…
A file photo of Clifden RNLI lifeboat
A solo sailor who sought assistance off the west coast in Storm Agnes is being towed to safety. RNLI lifeboats from Achill and Clifden responded to the alert when the yacht, believed to be Norwegian, reported being in difficulty ten…
Dame Ellen MacArthur of the UK is a two-time circumnavigator via Cape Horn
True to its tradition of hosting world-famous sailors, the town of Les Sables d'Olonne in France, the global capital of single-handed ocean racing, is now home to the International Association of Cape Horners Cape Horn Hall of Fame. Les Sables…
British yachtswoman Pip Hare, who turned 46 in 2021, made history by becoming the eighth woman to complete the Vendée Globe non-stop around-the-world yacht race
Dun Laoghaire Harbour's Royal Irish Yacht Club and professional services firm BDO will co-host an exclusive evening with Pip Hare, the solo ocean sailor, on Thursday, October 5 at 7:00 pm. As Afloat reported at the time, Hare, who turned…